Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Jazz @ the Sandbar Commences Wednesday with Renowned Jazz Drummer
Shannon "King of Treme" Powell

Renowned New Orleans Drummer Shannon "King of the Treme" Powell kicks off the spring 2015 season of "Jazz at the Sandbar"Renowned New Orleans Drummer Shannon "King of the Treme" Powell kicks off the spring 2015 season of "Jazz at the Sandbar" on Wednesday.

The University of New Orleans' acclaimed Jazz @ the Sandbar series takes center stage Wednesday with a performance by renowned New Orleans jazz drummer Shannon "King of Treme" Powell.

Now in its 25th season, “Jazz at the Sandbar” was established in 1990 by Ellis Marsalis, the first Chairman of the Jazz Studies Program at UNO.  The series is designed to provide UNO Jazz Studies students an opportunity to get real life experience performing with professional musicians in front of a live audience.  The series is presented on Wednesday nights during the fall and spring semesters and features a different respected jazz artist each week. It also provides a medium in which students exercise their improvisational skills and gives them the rare opportunity to work with jazz masters.

The spring 2015 season begins this week.

Join Us!

Concert times: 7:00 - 9:30pm.

Location: The Cove, Founders Road, UNO Lakefront Campus.

General Admission: $5.00 at the door.

Faculty, Staff & Student Admission: FREE w/ UNO ID Card.

Tickets sold at the door.

March 4, Shannon Powell

Shannon Powell dazzles audiences with his natural showmanship and fervor for the jazz flame. The New Orleans native grew up in the jazz threshold neighborhood of Treme, which percolates with the sounds of Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, second line parades, jazz funerals and church revivals. By the age of fourteen Powell was already a professional musician, playing gigs such as the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival as a member of the legendary Danny Barker's Jazzhounds.

Powell's influences sprang from listening to his childhood neighbor, drummer James Black, as well as pianist Ellis Marsalis and the players at Preservation Hall. "Everything I learned was (from) being around the great musicians of New Orleans. Danny Barker was first, and then I fell into the hands of David Lastie who is Herlin Riley's uncle. They kind of raised me as a young musician, and I started calling them my family," states Powell.

On Wednesday, March 4, Powell will be a guest with UNO student combos led by University of New Orleans Professor Victor "Red" Atkins and graduate student Jordan Baker.

For more, visit www.shannonpowell.com.

March 11, Aurora Nealand

On March 11, Jazz @ the Sandbar welcomes Aurora Nealand.

An established bandleader, composer, performer and improviser, Nealand has become a prominent force in the New Orleans music scene since she first arrived in 2005. Combining the "formal education" - a music composition degree from Oberlin Conservatory and training at the Jacques Lecoq School of  Physical Theatre in Paris -  with the "informal"  experience of playing music in the streets and clubs of New Orleans and throughout the northern Hemisphere, Nealand has emerged as an innovative, sensitive and daring music creator and performer.

She is most recognized for her performance on saxophones, clarinet and vocals and has been at the forefront of the revival of New Orleans Traditional Jazz amongst the younger generation of the city's musicians. After playing and learning as a sideman in established New Orleans bands for several years (Panorama Jazz Band, VaVaVoom, The New Orleans Moonshiners), in 2010 she formed her own traditional jazz band, "The Royal Roses." The Royal Roses released their first album, "A Tribute to Sydney Bechet: Live at Preservation Hall" to national acclaim, and Nealand was voted as one of Downbeat Magazine's top ten rising stars for soprano saxophone in 2010.

 Nealand will be performing with combos under the direction of UNO graduate student Matt Perrine and UNO Assistant Professor of JAzz Studies Brian Seeger.

 For more on Nealand, visit www.auroranealand.com.

The Spring 2014 schedule continues with these respected guest artists:

•             March 18 Bassist Roland Guerin

•             March 25 Pianist Dick Hyman

•             April 1 Spring Break

•             April 8 Drummer Paul Wiltgen

•             April 15 Guitarist Warren Battiste

•             April 22 Saxophonist Rick Margitza

•             April 29 Trumpeter Christian Scott

Jazz @ the Sandbar is presented by the UNO Jazz Studies Program with support from the UNO Student Government Association, Offbeat Media, WWNO FM, and the New Orleans Jazz Celebration. All admission proceeds go to the George Brumat Memorial Scholarship Fund. For more information, call the UNO Music Department at (504)280-6039 or New Orleans Jazz Celebration (504)309-JAZZ, or visit us on the web at www.nojc.org/sandbar.

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